Sometimes you can tell more from what someone doesn't say than you can from the blather. Cue Pam Bondi's latest.
The sole issue on appeal is whether the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires states to allow same-sex marriage. That is unquestionably an important issue, and the Plaintiffs, the State, and all citizens deserve a definitive answer. Until recently, the issue was squarely before the United States Supreme Court, and it appeared that a definitive answer was coming. Several certiorari petitions from several states asked that Court to take up the issue and rule.
Even those who had prevailed below sought Supreme Court review. The United States Supreme Court had the opportunity to answer the question with a decision binding on all citizens. That decision—had there been one—would have ended these cases and all others like it.
Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court decided not to answer the question. Last Monday, it denied the pending certiorari petitions. The Supreme Court therefore appears unlikely to pro- vide finality on this critical issue in the immediate future.
Florida’s courts will therefore need to resolve the issue without further United States Supreme Court guidance.On part of this I'm completely in agreement with Bondi. Yes, we need an answer. But pretending that the Supreme Court didn't give specific guidance, by their silence, is election eve pandering at its worst.
What could they have meant by nearly doubling the number of marriage equality states overnight? Where did I put my crystal ball?
Drop the appeal Pam.